Cardinals Sign Raul Valdes

The Cardinals signed lefty reliever Raul Valdes to a minor league deal, tweets Baseball America's Matt Eddy.  Valdes, 33 next month, made his Major League debut with the Mets this year.  He posted a 4.91 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9, and 33.7% groundball rate in 58 2/3 innings.

Valdes struggled against lefties, who hit .330/.366/.625 against him in 94 plate appearances this year with four home runs.  On the other hand, he struck out 27 and walked only three against southpaws.    


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14 Comments on "Cardinals Sign Raul Valdes"


Kaiser_Wilhelm_II
4 years 9 months ago

YIPPIE YIPPIE !!!!!!!!!!!!

InTheKZone
4 years 9 months ago

So they signed a LOOGY who without the OOGY? L yeah! Good to see it was a minor league deal at least.

4 years 9 months ago

If DD have something to say, he will found the problem of this guy against lefties and fix it.

aaronanderson16
4 years 9 months ago

What could dd possible fix, he cant turn poop into gold, he turns a broken pitcher into a solid simplified pitcher. Whats the point of a lefty who cant get out lefties, seems like a shot in the dark here.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

LOL

4 years 9 months ago

ANOTHER BIG MOVE IN CARDINAL NATION…. GLAD TO SE DEWALLET BREAK OUT THE CHECK BOOK ON THIS LOL LOL LOL

Redbirds16
4 years 9 months ago

This has depth signing for AAA written all over it. Probably not “MLB” trade rumor worthy.

Redbirds16
4 years 9 months ago

This has depth signing for AAA written all over it. Probably not “MLB” trade rumor worthy.

4 years 9 months ago

And yet again, so many in Cardinal Nation have a mental breakdown over a minor league signing. Every team makes these kinds of moves every year, yet every year on Cardinal fan sites there is a mass of people whose heads collectively explode at these moves. Get over it, its a no-risk signing. If the guy sucks that bad in Spring Training he will go the way of Charlie Zink last year, if he sucks at AAA he will go the way of Rich Hill last year. Maybe, just maybe though, the Cards signed somebody who will contribute.

Red_Line_9
4 years 9 months ago

Wow! I was all excited ’cause I thought he redbirds were getting some free coffee….and it ends up being Raul Valdes and not Juan Valdes.

Catman22
4 years 9 months ago

Can’t see the sense in this signing. Unless Dave Duncan believes that he has real potential getting groundballs! Insignificant if he can’t get lefties out! He’ll probably end up in Memphis.

Catman22
4 years 9 months ago

Can’t see the sense in this signing. Unless Dave Duncan believes that he has real potential getting groundballs! Insignificant if he can’t get lefties out! He’ll probably end up in Memphis.

guitarhero2793
4 years 9 months ago

As a Mets fan, I can honestly say that you Cardinal fans don’t know what you’re talking about. The stats are very misleading. Other than a spurt of games in the summer when he looked like he was pitching with an injury (even the Mets broadcasters said so), Valdes was very good. He is a very good candidate for a long-relief role. One example was a game against the Nats early I believe in May whenJohn Maine threw 5 pitches and was removed with an injury. He warmed up very quickly and tossed 5 innings and gave up just two runs. Keep in mind this was when the Nats were in first place. Valdes is also a very good hitter for a pitcher. You Cardinal fans should remember him from that 20-inning marathon. Very underrated journeyman who will have a bigger impact than you care to believe- and a positive one at that. Very dissappointed he isn’t still a Met.

mets1983
4 years 8 months ago

I Truly liked Raul Valdez and thought the Mets should of kept him in the minor leagues as a option if you have an injury. he is also a good long man to have on the 25 man major leauge roster . the cardinals will enjoy this player